Exhibition & Conference
September 8 - December 2, 2007 Spencer Museum of Art
The University of Kansas
Aaron Douglas:
African American Modernist
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Public Programs

The Spencer Museum of Art offers a variety of educational programs for visitors of all ages. All programs and events are free unless otherwise noted.
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Lecture: Aaron Douglas in Perspective / 2-3 PM / Atkins Auditorium, The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, 4525 Oak Street, Kansas City, MO
Join us for David Driskell’s personal insights on Aaron Douglas and the Museum’s exciting new acquisition of Douglas’ Study for “Aspects of Negro Life: An Idyll of the Deep South.” / For tickets, reserve online at nelson-atkins.org or call 816.751.1ART
9/15
Children's Art Appreciation Class: Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance / 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM / SMA Central Court / $
To enroll, contact the SMA education department, 785.864.0137 or smakids@ku.edu
9/20
Gallery Talk: Artist Marla Jackson and Cynthia Lynn discuss Jackson's Douglas inspired quilt "Sankofa" / 12:15 PM / SMA Central Court
9/26
Aaron Douglas Mural Project / Public unveiling and celebration / 3 PM / 9th & New Hampshire
9/27
Lecture: The Enigma of Ralph Ellison / 7:30 PM / SMA Auditorium / Arnold Rampersad, the Sara Hart Kimball Professor in Humanities and professor of English at Stanford University, will give the Richard W. Gunn Memorial Lecture, entitled "The Enigma of Ralph Ellison". He will be introduced by Chancellor Robert Hemenway. This event is sponsored by the Department of English and the Hall Center for the Humanities. It is free and open to the public.
9/27
Senior Sessions: SMA Docent Sally Davis on A Harlem Renaissance / 10 AM / Kress Gallery & South Balcony
9/28
Public Reception: Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist / 5:30 PM - 9:00 PM / SMA / RSVP: fam@ku.edu

Keynote Address: Richard J. Powell, Duke University / "Paint that Thing! Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance Call to Modernism" / 7:00 PM / SMA Auditorium

Celebratory Banquet: / 8:30 PM / Kansas Room of the Kansas Union / $50 fee / RSVP: fam@ku.edu

9/29
Conference: "Aaron Douglas and the Arts of the Harlem Renaissance" / 8:00 AM - 6:30 PM / SMA Auditorium / Register or call (785) 864-4710
Cabaret/Harlem Renaissance-style Rent Party / 8:00 PM / Kansas Union Ballroom / $10 general public/$5 students with ID
10/4
Gallery Conversation: Professor Crystal Anderson, American Studies, on Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist / 12:15 PM / Kress Gallery
10/4
Book Discussion: The New Negro by Alain Locke. Discussion leader John Edgar Tidwell, associate professor of English, KU / 6 PM / SMA Central Court / Part of the Harlem Renaissance Book Discussion and Film Series program. Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Public Library.
10/4
Film: Brother to Brother / 7 PM / SMA Auditorium / Brother to Brother invokes the glory days of the Harlem Renaissance through the memories of Bruce Nugent, who co-founded the revolutionary literary journal "Fire!!" with Langston Hughes, Zora Neale Hurston and Wallace Thurman. (2004, 94 minutes). Rated R
10/9
Lecture: Stephanie Knappe, exhibition coordinator, on Aaron Douglas: African American Modernist / 7 PM / KU Edwards Campus Auditorium, 12600 Quivira Road, Overland Park, KS / Lecture made possible by a grant from the Richard J. Stern Foundation for the Arts
10/10
Teacher Workshop: "Contemporary Art & Visual Culture" / 9:30 AM – 5 PM / Spencer Museum of Art/ Experience the potential of art objects to enrich instruction and learning. Utilize original art works within a museum gallery to enliven standards-based art education.
10/11
Teacher Workshop: "Contemporary Art & Visual Culture" / 9 AM – 8 PM / Spencer Museum of Art/ Experience the potential of art objects to enrich instruction and learning. Utilize original art works within a museum gallery to enliven standards-based art education.
10/11
Book Discussion: Their Eyes Were Watching God by Zora Neale Hurston. Discussion leader Beverly Mack, Professor of African Studies, KU / 6 PM / SMA Central Court / Part of the Harlem Renaissance Book Discussion and Film Series program. Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Public Library.
10/11
Film: Zora Neale Hurston: A Heart with Room for Every Joy / 7 PM / SMA Auditorium / This illuminating biography of Hurston -a compelling story of a free spirit who achieved national prominence yet died in obscurity- examines the rich legacy of her writings, which include Mules and Men, Their Eyes Were Watching God, Tell My Horse, and Dust Tracks on a Road.
10/14
Family Day / 1-3 PM / SMA Central Court / Enjoy hands-on activities for the whole family
10/18
Book Discussion: Cane by Jean Toomer. Discussion leader Trish Reeves, poet / 6 PM / SMA Central Court / Part of the Harlem Renaissance Book Discussion and Film Series program. Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Public Library.
10/18
Film: "Without Fear or Shame" from the PBS series I'll Make Me a World / 7 PM / SMA Auditorium / Without Fear or Shame takes viewers from the first World War through the Jazz Age and into the years of the great depression. These are the years of massive migration from South to North, unprecedented white fascination with "Negro" entertainment and arts, and the day of a "New Negro" in politics and culture. (1999, 60 minutes)
10/20
Children's Art Appreciation Class: Aaron Douglas and the Harlem Renaissance / 10:30 AM & 1:30 PM / SMA Central Court / $ / To enroll, contact the SMA education department, 785.864.0137 or smakids@ku.edu
10/21
Gallery Talk: Artist Marla Jackson and Cynthia Lynn discuss Jackson's Douglas inspired quilt "Sankofa" / 2 PM / SMA Central Court
10/22
KU Osher Lifelong Learning Institute / 2-4 PM / SMA Central Court / Class sponsored by KU Continuing Education. Enrollment required. Please contact University of Kansas Continuing Education, 785-864-KUCE(5823) www.kuce.org or kuce@ku.edu
10/25
Book Discussion: Passing by Nella Larsen. Discussion leader Elizabeth Schultz, Professor Emerita of English, KU / 6 PM / SMA Central Court / Part of the Harlem Renaissance Book Discussion and Film Series program. Co-sponsored with the Lawrence Public Library.
10/25
Film: Imitation of Life / 7 PM / SMA Auditorium / The first (and more faithful) screen adaptation of Fannie Hurst's eponymous novel, with Claudette Colbert and Louise Beavers as the two mothers whose respective hearts are broken by their daughters. After the two successfully market the African-American Beavers' prize-winning pancakes, their material success can't keep Beavers' lighter-skinned daughter from rejecting her in favor of "passing" in white society. At the same time, Colbert and her daughter fall in love with the same man, and Colbert is forced to reject him. (1934, 111 minutes) (1934, 111 minutes)
10/27
Performance: Fisk Jubilee Singers / 7:30 PM / Liberty Hall / 7th & Massachusetts / $ / The Fisk Jubilee Singers are young men and women, vocal artists and students of Fisk University in Nashville, Tennessee who sing and travel worldwide
11/1
Gallery Talk: Curator Susan Earle and exhibition coordinator Stephanie Fox Knappe / 5:30 PM / SMA Central Court
11/8
KU Student Night / 6-8 PM / SMA Central Court / The Spencer Museum of Art Student Advisory Board hosts this evening event. Join us for activities, music, food inspired by the Harlem Renaissance.